| Step 1 |
You will add the button first, then the loop. To attach the button, weave back through the previous rows until the needle is exiting the ninth bead from the edge, four beads from the end.
| Step 2 |
With the thread coming out of the bead specified in step 1, string one size 11 seed bead and come up through one hole in the button. The seed bead will sit underneath the button, lifting it slightly from the base beadwork and providing an area for the loop to wrap around.
| Step 3 |
String three size 11 seed bead and pass the needle down into the second hole on the button.
| Step 4 |
When the needle exits the second hole, headed back toward the peyote stitch base, string one size 11 seed bead.
| Step 5 |
Pass back through the sixth bead from the end of the tenth row. Pull the thread tight, so the seed beads and button sit on top of the peyote stitch base
| Step 6 |
Pass the needle back through the adjacent seed bead in the base (bead 5 in row 10), turning around and heading toward the middle of the strip of beadwork.
| Step 7 |
Pass back through the seed bead under the button, through the second buttonhole, through the seed bead on top of the button, and back through the seed bead under the first buttonhole.
| Step 8 |
Pass back through bead four of the ninth row.
| Step 9 |
Pass through the fifth bead of the ninth row, heading away from the center
| Step 10 |
Pass back through the seed bead under the button, through the first buttonhole, through the seed bead on top of the button, and back through the seed bead under the second buttonhole. Three passes through the beadwork should securely hold the button in place.
| Step 11 |
Weave the thread into the beadwork and trim off any excess thread to finish.
| Option: |
You can also use a shank button by passing the thread through the shank of the button and through the next bead over (the 10th from the side and third from the end).
| Step 12 |
After attaching the button to one end, you will create the button slit on the other end. The button slit opening will be two beads wide and the length should be two beads longer than the diameter of the button. Using the working thread, start a row. After adding four beads to the row (shown darker), pass through the fourth bead from the previous row.
| Step 13 |
String one size 11 seed bead and pass back through the last bead added to the previous row.
| Step 14 |
Continue the rest of the row.
| Step 15 |
Complete another row, heading back toward the middle of the strap.
| Step 16 |
Continue making a strip until it is two beads longer than the diameter of the button. Leave the thread in place.
| Step 17 |
Add a new thread into the last two rows below where the button slit starts. Weave in eight beads.
| Step 18 |
String one size 11 seed bead and pass the needle through the nearest up bead, heading back toward the edge of the strap.
| Step 19 |
Complete the row. The needle will be exiting an edge bead.
| Step 20 |
Add another row, stitching back toward the center, adding four beads and passing through the eighth bead from the previous row.
| Step 21 |
Repeat steps 13-16 until the reaching the same distance as the strap on the opposite side.
| Step 22 |
Using the remaining thread from the first half of the slit, string two size 11 seed beads and pass into the second bead from the edge of the second half of the slit. Weave the thread through the second half of the slit until the needle exits the bead on the outside edge. Leave the second thread in place, it willbe woven in later.
| Step 23 |
Weave a row back toward the opposite side of the strap. As you cross the two beads in the center, treat the first one as a down bead, and the next one as the up bead.
| Step 24 |
Weave four more rows.
| Step 25 |
At the end of the last row, turn and weave the tail thread back across the strap.
| Step 26 |
Cut the thread close to the edge of the beadwork. Secure your other tail thread by weaving it through a few rows and cut the thread close to the edge of the beadwork.
| Step 27 |
Congratulations, you have completed a peyote stitch bracelet with a button and slit clasp!